A slow down in self-driving rhetoric?? Finally!

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/autonomous-taxis-become-rough-ride-050027746.html As has been discussed in past Car Sleuth posts, the consistent push for self-driving vehicles, from California tech start-ups to European car manufacturers, finally appears to be abating. Timelines are being modified as car manufacturers and tech companies realise that fully autonomous self-driving vehicles won't be put on the roads in earnest until even more testing and tweaks have been done. As to when the necessary…

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Best, and worst, in-car features!

With new features being introduced all the time, it’s time to take stock and ask ourselves which are genuinely “can’t live without” and which are simply “overkill” and likely adds cost to the price of the car. I’ve chosen 5 of the best and 5 of the worst! Let me know in the comments if you agree… The best: 1 - Adaptive cruise control: On a long…

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New Car Review: The Polestar 2

I was invited to see the new Polestar 2 (full) EV at a private viewing in London’s east end. Annoyingly, it was just a “physical viewing” (their words, not mine) meaning no test drive on offer… For background, Polestar is the new EV spin-off division of Volvo. Lest we forget that Volvo is now owned by Geely, one of the bigger Chinese EV manufacturers out there (anecdotally,…

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Time to go fully electric?

With the volume of inbounds I’m getting on whether a next car purchase should be pure electric I thought it was good timing to re-visit the subject. Let’s begin by stating that the EV landscape is changing so quickly that by the time this piece hits your inbox there could be yet more changes afoot! For convenience, I’ll break this down into the three discussion areas that…

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How much longer before the Government wakes up to the imminent road tax loss?

This article in the Guardian discusses the imminent loss of nearly £30 billion as the adoption of fully electric vehicles becomes the main vehicle used by, well, everyone. For context, full EVs currently pay no road tax - this is a Government incentive to drive us to zero net emissions by 2050. And yet surely the Government will need to recoup these losses somehow to cover the…

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Autonomous driving headlines can often be slightly… wrong.

Not to bang on incessantly about autonomous driving, but this op ed written by David Ficking and featured on Bloomberg ( https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-09-24/hyundai-aptiv-s-jv-doesn-t-put-a-driverless-future-any-closer) highlights that fact that headlines in this space can often be misleading. The piece shows us that a big automotive name (in this case Hyundai) making a purchase of a big name autonomous driving car company (in this case Aptiv) for billions of dollars (in…

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Usual suspects trying to put pressure on Regulators for lighter autonomous testing

https://marketrealist.com/2019/08/us-companies-urge-for-relaxed-autonomous-car-regs/?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=feed&yptr=yahoo The above link points to a story about legacy car and (new-ish) technology companies putting pressure on regulators to lighten the red tape that is standing in the way for more autonomous vehicle testing. This isn't that surprising simply because the various players (Google-owned Waymo, LYFT, Uber etc) have invested so much that they need to see Level 5 autonomous driving become a reality sooner rather…

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End of an icon… Bye bye Bug.

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/last-volkswagen-beetle-drives-sunset-002027161.html The writing has been on the wall for years. But yesterday saw the last Volkswagen Beetle roll off the assembly line in Puebla, Mexico bringing an end to one of the most iconic vehicles ever made. Sad, yes, but also inevitable. The VW Beetle was developed in 1938 after Adolf Hitler wanted a car that would be affordable for the people with mass production beginning in…

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“Grave concern”?? That’s an understatement!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48865702 The above BBC link tells us that new car sales are down in June. The fact that car sales are down for a fourth consecutive month is bad enough. But add in that alternatively fuelled cars, ie hybrids and plug-in hybrids, are also down in the month of June is really a kick in the teeth as the UK tries its best to become a zero-emission…

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Yet more marketing with another entrant into the world of Autonomous Driving…

https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/19/geely-is-turning-to-zenuity-as-its-self-driving-software-supplier/?yptr=yahoo I recently wrote a blog on autonomous driving and my belief that this technology wouldn’t become mainstream in my lifetime, if ever. What amazes me is the amount of press coverage this topic still generates - have a read of the link above for the latest. And yet, I shouldn’t be. The reality is that tech companies are at the fore of the development of autonomous…

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